Category: What is The Establishment?

NeverTrump Standard-Bearer Goes Full Limbaugh

Let me state my conclusion bluntly, right up front, in order to reject one sickening effect of the Trump era immediately, namely the recasting of wormlike obfuscation as a courageous moral stand: Erick Erickson has decided that the principles which led him to coin the hashtag #NeverTrump no longer apply. Erickson, the founder of RedState, with which he is no longer affiliated, and...

Notes From Underground (Rathole Edition) – Updated with More Rats

After three weeks of posturing about The Wall, in a life-or-death fight to gain approximately one-quarter of the funding supposedly required to build this imaginary barrier, Donald Trump has signed a makeshift temporary end to the government shutdown which provides exactly zero funding for any walls, real or imagined. Naturally, the agreement was forged by his literal “right-hand man” — i.e., his puppet-master...

Fake News

Some old fart decides to confront a bunch of high school students in MAGA hats. The teenagers try to act cool, hiding behind the safety of numbers to mock the confrontational old fart. In other words, a normal afternoon in any residential neighborhood in America; this is crabby Mr. Smith who lives on the corner, shouting over the fence at the noisy kids...

NO COLLUSION! (Okay, some…but hardly any!)

Rudy Giuliani, America’s first beloved national hero to reduce himself to a sniveling worm on national television, seems not to be able to open his mouth these days without sticking both of his own feet and at least a few other people’s into it. This predicament is not surprising, really, seeing as how he is both Trump’s official spokesliar and chief bootlicker. In...

Weekend Reflections: Shutdown, Breakdown, Meltdown

It’s a wall! It’s a barrier! It’s — Super-Optics! Meanwhile, a small fraction of the United States Federal Government is officially “shut down” — which would be fantabulous, if it actually meant that the billions of tax dollars confiscated from the American people and their great-great-grandchildren to pay the salaries of huge numbers of non-essential and essentially ineffective government workers were being saved...

Ted Cruz Lauds President Trump

From the Dallas Morning News: Sen. Ted Cruz lauded Trump for putting a spotlight on border security.  “Illegal immigration produces tragedies each day,” he said. “I want to commend you for infusing more backbone in Washington. The American people want the border secure.” That’s all. I have nothing to add. Just wanted to point out, by way of finishing a few earlier points,...

It’s Worm Time! (Told Ya So)

When Donald Trump plunked his net into the Fox News mire for the umpteenth time and hauled up John Bolton, so many self-proclaimed conservatives were over the moon with optimism. “Now,” they gushed, “the administration’s foreign policy will really get coherent and tough. Bolton is a straight-talking genius, a real man’s man.” I took flak from many such “conservatives” when I pointed out,...

Michael Flynn and Trump’s Deep State Administration

Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn is a former and current Trump favorite; former when he seemed to give Trump credibility on national security, current due to his refusal to give evidence against Trump to the Mueller investigation regarding his own duplicitous relationships with various anti-American forces. Today, Flynn is under the microscope again, this time related to his and his close associates’ involvement in lobbying...

The Two Sides of “NeverTrump”

Two of the standard smears Donald Trump’s apologists apply to denigrate Trump’s conservative critics are the term “NeverTrump” used as a pejorative (as in, “Why should I listen to you NeverTrumpers?”), and the related accusation that those who oppose Trump are driven by “hate.” The first of these, the “NeverTrump” label, is typically used with the intention of associating Trump’s critics with the...

Psychology of the Bootlicker

Leaving Donald Trump aside, since in the end none of this is ultimately about him, I would like to return for a moment to Trump’s tweet lambasting his own former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a...